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Orleans Parish Communications District Operations Manager Wendy Ervin was given access to the Louisiana Law Enforcement Telecommunications System and the National Crime Information Center despite being a convicted felon.

OPCD employees are granted access to LLETS, NCIC and other criminal justice related databases to verify vehicle registrations, driver’s license information and to conduct criminal history inquiries.

The interface agency in this instance is the OPCD.  The “CSO” designation is assigned to personnel in the Louisiana State Police NCIC/LLETS Access Unit.  Local user agencies violating CJIS policy are subject to disciplinary action which, in extreme circumstances, may result in the agency’s access to the system being temporarily revoked.

The Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has the statutory authority to investigate and audit the Orleans Parish Communication District (OPCD). This decision solidified the initial ruling made by the Civil District Court.

During its ongoing oversight and investigation of OPCD, the OIG requested that OPCD produce certain financial records and information. OPCD rejected the request and challenged the OIG’s statutory authority.  The Civil District Court’s judgment ordered OPCD to produce the requested data; however, the OPCD appealed and contended that the OIG had exceeded its statutory authority and suggested the Civil District Court erred in its decision.

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